Robert McChester, a former Corpus Christi Police Officer who admitted to having sex with a 14-year old girl at Tuloso-Midway High School is now headed to federal prison.
On Thursday, a federal judge sentenced him to 160 months behind bars for carrying on with the unlawful affair with the student at Tuloso-Midway.
He was a part-time security guard at the school, and became Facebook friends with the girl. Then the two started meeting around May of last year to have sex.
The secret relationship ended back in April, after the girl showed up at an emergency room drunk, telling hospital officials that she had been having sex with a police officer.
"Robert accepted responsibility and he's been punished," said Keith Gould, McChester's attorney. "And he'll serve his time and hopefully he'll get out and I think be a productive citizen."
"I believe in the redemptability of men, so I believe he can and will do that once he's out," said Pastor J.R. Miller of the Bridge of Life Church.
McChester had worked for the CCPD as a patrolman for about four years. He is a Miller High School graduate and was captain of the football team. Friends and relatives testified to his character in court Thursday.
One of those who testified was Glenn Ellen Dreggors. She knew McChester for a number of years, and did not appreciate the prosecutor in the case pointing out to her what McChester had done.
"I'd love to have just pinched his head off," Dreggors said. "He's so inflexible. He was just up there, and he was determined he was just going to bury Robert."
The former CCPD officer took full responsibility for what he had done, and apologized to his victim and her family. The victim and her mother were in court for the sentencing. The mom wrote a statement to the court about how the crime had affected her family.
McChester was taken back to the Aransas County Jail awaiting transfer to a federal prison, where he will stay until at least 2025.
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